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TWiB – Third trimester and 2008 round-up

Here’s a round-up of all the recipes I’ve made for This Week in Baking during September, October, November and December of 2008.

36.  Pita Bread – 3.5 stars
37.  Pear Cheesecake – 3.5 stars
38.  Dense Chocolate Loaf  Cake – 4 stars
39.  Strawberry Pecan Bread – 2.5 stars
40.  Tres Leches Cake – 4.5 stars
41.  Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies – 3 stars
42.  Carrot Cake Cupcakes – 4 stars
43.  Rye Bread – 3 stars
44.  Rocky Road Cookies – 1 stars
45.  Jalepeno Cake – 3 stars
46.  Paczki – 3 stars
47.  Caramel Pumpkin Pie – 1.5 stars
48.  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – 3.5 stars
49.  Big Bad Chocolate Muffins – 4.5 stars
50.  Blueberry Coffee Cake – 4 stars
51.  Cornbread – 3 stars
52.  Peanut Butter Torte – 3.5 stars

Again, no 5 star recipes, but here are the best of this trimester:

  1. Big Bad Chocolate Muffins – 4.5 stars
  2. Tres Leches Cake – 4.5 stars
  3. Blueberry Coffee Cake – 4 stars
  4. Dense Chocolate Loaf  Cake – 4 stars

And the list you’ve been waiting for, the top 9 recipes of 2008!

  1. Brownie Tart – 5 stars
  2. Big Bad Chocolate Muffins – 4.5 stars
  3. Chocolate Creme Brulee – 4.5 stars
  4. Cinnamon Pie – 4.5 stars
  5. Cottage Dill Bread – 4.5 stars
  6. Eclairs – 4.5 stars
  7. Gingerbread Cookies – 4.5 stars
  8. Pecan Pie Bars – 4.5 stars
  9. Tres Leches Cake – 4.5 stars

There will be no regular TWiB in 2009.  Instead, I will revisit some of the less-than-excellent recipes and see what I can do to improve them.  Happy New Year and see you in 2009!

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TWiB #41 – Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies

This seemed like an interesting way to use up some pumpkin.  GiR thinks there’s too many things going on in this, but I like the flavor mix.  I will, however, claim that it feels more like a cake rather than brownies.  Maybe I baked it too long?

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies

Recipe
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
cream cheese topping

Modifications
I left out the cayenne like the OP of the brownies did.  I layered my brownies as such from bottom to top:  chocolate, pumpkin, chocolate, pumpkin, cream cheese.

Rating
3 stars out of 5.

My Dorie Days

After reading so much about Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours, I decided to pick it up from the library to try the recipes out before shelling out the cash for my own book. Here’s everything that I made in the 3 weeks or so I had the book. Needless to say, I ordered my own copy. =)

Pecan Honey Sticky Buns (pg. 51)

Rating
Absolutely fantastic. 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (pg. 10)

Rating
4.5 stars out of 5.

Fresh Mango Bread (pg. 45)

Modifications
I used craisins instead of raisins, resulting in a beautiful mango cranberry bread.

Rating
4 stars out of 5.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bread (pg. 44)

Modifications
At the last minute, I realized I didn’t have any applesauce. I used mashed banana instead, which substituted perfectly. And again, I used craisins instead of raisins.

Rating
4 stars out of 5.

Honey-Nut Brownies (pg. 102)

Modifications
I chose to use almonds as my nut.

Rating
Not enough of a chocolaty taste. 2.5 stars out of 5.

Great Grains Muffins

Modifications
I finally used the last of my craisins in this recipe. Can you tell I got them on sale?

Rating
3.5 stars out of 5.

Food update

I’ve made a lot of food over the past few weeks, but I forget to take pictures of it.

Blueberry almond pecan coffee cake. Made with Splenda!

blueberry almond pecan coffee cake

Brownies shaped like Tetris pieces! =D (not made with Splenda)

tetris brownies

I also made some mini strawberry danishes that were a big hit. Cookie-sized homemade danish pastry, with a small dollop of a cream cheese filling, and a few tiny pieces of strawberry on top. Yum! All it needed was a bit of powdered sugar glaze on top.

I tried my hand at making some sourdough bread, which turned out pretty good. Taking the baking and pastry class is making me want to experiment with new foods and try new things. This bodes well for my family and friends who get to try all my yummy stuff. =)